July 15--The guys of The Molly Pitcher Path welcome change.
Between any two of the Midvalley band's shows, they might change five or more songs on their set lists, swapping new material for old and seeing what works.
"We try to keep it fresh," said John Andreoli of Jessup, the band's vocalist and rhythm guitarist. "We're constantly subtracting and adding."
Formed around a year-and-a-half ago, The Molly Pitcher Path specializes in modern alternative rock but also throws in some classic rock and '90s alternative songs. The band -- which also includes guitarist Mike Conlon with brothers Jordan and Josh Lupini on drums and bass, respectively -- often performs music by such artists as The Black Keys, The Gaslight Anthem and Led Zeppelin.
"We all like to think we have a good variety of music in our set list," said Josh Lupini of Jessup. "There's something in there for all groups of people that go out. There's not many other bands that play modern alternative."
The Molly Pitcher Path is the latest musical venture for a group of guys who previously made the rounds in other area bands. Before they got together, Mr. Andreoli was performing acoustically on his own when he happened to run into Mr. Conlon and Josh Lupini on separate occasions within a week.
"I was like, 'Wow, maybe that's a sign,'" Mr. Andreoli recalled.
The guys picked some songs they wanted to play and practiced a few together with no problems, Mr. Conlon said. They played in public a few months later, he said, "and everything was great."
"We just click well off of each other," said Jordan Lupini of Jessup. "It's very easy to work with them. We got real close real quick."
They found their band name after Mr. Andreoli mentioned Molly Pitcher Highway, a stretch of road in southern Pennsylvania named for the Revolutionary War legend, and they added "path" for alliteration, Josh Lupini said.
"It's always tough coming up with a name," he said.
Although the band's members each like different styles of music, they decided to focus on playing modern alternative. They described their style as what radio listeners would hear on alternative rock station Fuzz 92.1.
The band tries to play songs that are popular today, Josh Lupini said, but also ones they personally like. Crowds seem to enjoy their versions of Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." And while they play covers, they make them their own.
"The best thing I personally like is ... adding my own element to it," Jordan Lupini said. "If you play a song the same exact way you hear it on the radio or the CD, it gets very boring. Being able to add my own fills or different things here and there, it makes it more exciting."
The band, which also plays acoustically on occasion, recently finished its first original song and plans to write more. Mr. Andreoli called it "an adventure," with their individual musical favorites influencing their work.
"Mikey, he tends to write happier, sort of more positive kinds of upbeat kinds of cool stuff," Mr. Andreoli said. "When I write, I tend to write a little more darker. My personal favorite band is Tool, and that's kind of where my inspiration comes from."
The Molly Pitcher Path also wants to start expanding its reach by performing more in the Scranton area. The guys mostly play in the Midvalley and vicinity these days at such venues as the Wildcat Saloon and Eatery in Archbald and Wellington's Pub & Eatery in Clarks Summit.
Need to stand out
"It's kind of tough in our music scene in general," Mr. Andreoli said. "I mean, if you were to go back 10 or as long as like 15 years, people were always charged up. They went out specifically to listen to music, and that's what they wanted to do. Nowadays, you have to fight a little bit harder to get recognized, to get attention, and people aren't as easily impressed."
The band produced a demo a while back but hopes to raise money so it can head back into the studio to record another. While becoming a successful band would be nice, Jordan Lupini said, he pointed out they have other objectives, too.
"I just think our ultimate goal is to just have fun, play as many shows as we can (and) ultimately progress as musicians," he said.
Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org, @cheaneyTT on TwitterAbout The Molly Pitcher Path
Genre: Modern alternative rock
Members: John Andreoli, vocals; Mike Conlon, guitar; Josh Lupini, bass; and Jordan Lupini, drums.
For fans of: The Black Keys, The Gaslight Anthem, Pearl Jam
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